Being a writer is not about writing something you have no passion about, it is about building a new passion

Being a writer is not about writing something you have no passion about, it is about building a new passion

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What is life as a writer?

"Life as a writer is writing about something you are not passionate about."

I often hear this quote being bandied about as if it is the absolute truth of life in this profession. Let me reveal something, it is not like that statement at all. In fact, life as a writer is about building passion for things one was previously not passionate about. People get passionate about all kinds of things, events, concepts etc. The quest is to gain that passion, to understand why people get passionate about something, and soon one will acquire that passion as well. 

Let me illustrate.

Suppose I need to build a passion about botany, a subject I totally do not care for. It is boring in every sense of the word at least for me. Going to the wild to study plants and name them, it couldn't be more boring. However, if some people ask me to write an article about botany, I might try to find out why they love botany so much. Getting insights into the content helps build that passion. They might tell me they love botany because of the wonderful medicinal properties that a plant holds. Each plant seems to be a medicine for a different ailment etc. When given this insight, one could learn to gain passion because one can relate to such a passion. The goal is to discover the next new medicine etc. Who does not want to be a part of the world's next discovery? It could be the next big cure!

These things happen all the time, it is all a part of being a writer. To get readers passionate about what I write, the first step is to acquire that passion myself.